Originally from Clifton Park in upstate New York and a graduate of Boston University, Tira began engraving in 1993 with rotary tools on egg shells in Omaha, Nebraska. An Air Force wife at the time, in 1995 she moved to northern California. There, Tira approached Fairfield Cycle, a Harley Davidson™ dealer, and asked about custom engraving on Harleys. Her first work on metal was a fully engraved custom cycle in an art deco style named "Avalon". With that first bike, she began her training with Benno Heune of Modesto, California, who introduced her to the basics of tool making, pneumatic gravers and basic metallurgy.
In 1999 Tira relocated permanently to Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She continued engraving motorcycles and expanded into firearms, jewelry, knives and musical instruments. Always interested in unique works, Tira has engraved unusual items like brass bells for fire trucks, military installations and yachts. She also restores rare and collectible items like parts for classic cars.
Tira has studied engraving with well known engravers including Ken Hunt and Winston Churchill. From 2008-2011, Tira taught engraving at the GRS Training Center in Emporia, Kansas. She also teaches at the School of Horology in Columbia, PA, and offers a variety of private instruction opportunities. In addition to engraving and teaching, Tira is a moderator of the popular engraver's forum, "The Engraver's Cafe," and is currently serving as Treasurer for the Firearms Engravers Guild of America.
To complement her engraving, Tira now offers state-of-the-art tools for jewelers, hand engravers and stone setters at www.Engraver.com. The EnSet Hand Engraving and Stone Setting Tool, Tira's preferred hand engraving tool, as well as the Leica A60 F Microscope are both available.
You can learn more about Tira and see examples of her work at her website, www.TiraMitchell.com.
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